Diet & Fitness

A high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients

Eating a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to new research by…

Beetroot supplements increase exercise capacity after heart failure

Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new study published in…

Smaller portions, higher prices, fewer choices; public health puritans are ruining everything

January is a bleak month for many of us. I shall be glad to see the back of it, but…

31 Jan 2018

Le Grand Bellevue’s spa: the jewel in Gstaad’s crown

Gstaad is known as the playground of the superrich. Its famous inhabitants include Bernie Ecclestone, and the Spectator’s own Taki.…

10 Jan 2018

In memoriam: Irn-Bru (1898 – 2018)

As Mark Renton famously said, it’s shite being Scottish. And it’s about to get considerably worse; this month the sugar…

4 Jan 2018

Regular fish consumption linked to higher IQ in children

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores than those who consume…

Don’t call my book a ‘celeb diet’ – it’s a lifestyle medicine plan

One of the first surgical procedures I observed and assisted in as a qualified doctor was the amputation of a patient’s…

18 Dec 2017

Low-salt diet ‘as effective as drugs’ for hypertension

A low-salt diet combined with the DASH diet (The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) substantially lowers systolic blood pressure –…

Drinking tea and red wine ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’

People who consume foods and drinks that are rich in antioxidants have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes,…

Eating cereal fibre increases chances of surviving colon cancer

People who eat a diet high in cereal fibre or increase their fibre intake after a colon cancer diagnosis may…

Weight training ‘more effective than cardio’ for older adults

A new study suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle mass that can be…

New diabetes drug ‘twice as effective’ as other anti-obesity treatments

A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with…

Engineered proteins lower body weight and cholesterol

Researchers have created engineered proteins that lowered body weight, bloodstream insulin, and cholesterol levels in obese lab animal test subjects,…

Eating mushrooms makes you feel fuller for longer

Eating a mushroom-rich breakfast may result in less hunger and a greater feeling of fullness (compared to eating meat) according…

Sugar ‘awakens’ cancer cells

Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth.…

Chicago repeals unpopular sugar tax. Is it doomed to fail in Britain, too?

When nanny state campaigners talk about sugar taxes, they love to mention Berkeley, California. In 2014, the people of Berkeley…

11 Oct 2017

Is fructose as bad for you as alcohol?

Mice on a diet high in fructose suffered much worse metabolic effects than those given similar calories of glucose (the…

Old people should eat steak well-done, researchers say

A new study suggests that people over the age of 65 should eat beef well done to get the most…

People who eat nuts gain less weight

People who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight…

Sore muscles after a session at the gym? Drink beetroot juice, researchers say

Beetroot helps muscles recover after intense exercise, according to new research by the University of Northumbria. Red beetroot is a…

Why a high-fibre diet doesn’t always lead to weight loss

Research into the human gut microbiota is increasingly playing a role in personalising nutrition. A new study published in the International…

Late meal times linked with increased body fat

Eating soon before sleep is associated with higher per cent body fat, according to new research published in The American Journal…

Nutrient found in olive oil ‘linked with general intelligence’

Monounsaturated fatty acids – a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados – are linked to general…

Eating meat ‘significantly increases’ type 2 diabetes risk

Higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, according to new…

Plant extract that ‘suppresses appetite’ discovered

An extract from salacia, a plant native to India and Sri Lanka, has demonstrated appetite reduction, satiety and blood sugar…

Is your low-fat diet killing you?

For over 40 years now we have been urged, by various bodies including the American Heart association, British Heart Foundation…

31 Aug 2017